Contains:  Extremely wide field
The Summer Milky Way (14 mm lens, super wide angle), 



    
        

            Michael Watson

The Summer Milky Way (14 mm lens, super wide angle)

Acquisition details

Dates:
Aug. 8, 2015
Frames:
5×60(5′)
Integration:
5′
Avg. Moon age:
23.62 days
Avg. Moon phase:
34.63%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 731536

Resolution: 620x349

File size: 236.7 KB

Locations: Algonquin Provincial Park, --, Ontario, Canada

Description

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Photographed at Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada

(275 km by road north of Toronto)

* Temperature 13 degrees C.

Total exposure time: 5 minutes

130 degrees of the northern portion of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, and some 80,000 stars, are seen in this wide angle image, running from the constellation Cepheus at upper left, through Cygnus and Aquila, and Scutum to Sagittarius at the lower right. The Milky Way bulges noticeably at the right side, toward the centre of the galaxy in Sagittarius (out of view to the right).

A little left of centre is the shocking pink, distinctively-shaped North America Nebula in the constellation Cygnus. For a telephoto view of this nebula from July 26 this year, click here:

www.flickr.com/photos/97587627@N06/20012353576/

Just to the right of the North America Nebula lies a region of glowing red hydrogen gas surrounding the star Gamma Cygni. For a telephoto view of this region, click here:

www.flickr.com/photos/97587627@N06/19740805819/

For another wide angle view of the Milky Way with this same 14 mm lens, made on July 24, click here:

www.flickr.com/photos/97587627@N06/19412645383/

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Nikkor AF-S 14-24 mm f/2.8G ED lens on Nikon D810a camera body, mounted on Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer tracking mount with a Kirk Enterprises ball head

I am practising using this small tracking mount to get ready for Helen's and my three-week trip to Australia starting September 3, when I hope to have several nights under the southern stars in the Australian Outback. Here is a photo of the mount:

www.flickr.com/photos/97587627@N06/20441137015/

Five stacked frames; each frame:

14 mm focal length; ISO 5000; 60 seconds exposure at f/4.5

(with LENR - long exposure noise reduction)

Stacked in RegiStar;

Processed in Photoshop CS6 (brightness, contrast, levels, sharpening)

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The Summer Milky Way (14 mm lens, super wide angle), 



    
        

            Michael Watson